(RVA Sports Network correspondent Taylor Luck filed this report on Mills Godwin running back Wesley Dugger following the Eagles' 13-12 victory over J.R. Tucker...)
J.R Tucker was leading Mills Godwin 12-6 halfway through the third quarter of Friday night’s matchup, with the Eagles at the Tigers 47 yard line, looking for the tying score. Chants of “overrated” came from some Tucker fans in the direction of Eagles running back Wesley Dugger, who responded with a bruising 45 yard run to the Tucker two. A few plays later, he bulled through the line for what would be the winning touchdown, handing his team a 13-12 lead.
This has been the main story this season for the Mills Godwin Eagles, who now sit at 4-2 after the close victory over Tucker. Down 6-0 late in the first quarter, Dugger took a handoff down the middle, ran over a defender, and took it 71 yards to the house. Late in the third, it was his two yard score that secured the Eagles’ come from behind victory. When all was said and done, Dugger ran 24 times for 245 yards, and scored both of his team’s touchdowns.
For most running backs, that kind of stat line is an anomaly, but not for Dugger. Through six games, he has compiled 1,251 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, scoring nearly 81 percent of Mills Godwin’s points. At his current pace, Dugger is currently on pace for 2,085 yards and 35 touchdowns, enough to break records in the NFL, much less the Colonial District, and in only ten games.
“My start to the year is what I’ve been training my whole career for. I’ve spent countless hours in weight rooms and on the field to prepare for football season. I’ve spent so much time critiquing myself by watching film in order to better my habits.” explained Dugger. “I am happy to have the numbers I do, but to me it’s more about the team winning.”
With that sort of dedication and his focus on the team. It’s not much of a surprise to see Dugger performing the way he is. He is all about giving his all for his team, and he simply loves to play football. At 4-2, Mills Godwin has put themselves in a good position to make a push for the postseason in the 5A South Region. Up next is a visit to rival, Deep Run, sitting at 3-3, after a tough loss to Hermitage.
“The Deep Run vs Godwin game is one all the players and students look forward to. It means a lot to us, it’s our last chance to play Deep Run for the rest of our lives. We’re excited to go out and compete against any team, but a victory in this game just tastes a little sweeter.” Dugger said.
While defeating Deep Run is no doubt important to the Eagles, Mills Godwin faces a tough schedule to close out the regular season with games both #6 Douglas Freeman and #4 Hermitage loom. The Rebels are currently 6-0, while Hermitage has won five straight after an opening night loss to defending 5A state champion Highland Springs. With that said, if the Eagles continue running the ball the way they have, they’ll be an extremely tough challenge for any team they face.